New rail plan calls for New Haven Line improvements, better Penn Station access

Flush with billions of dollars in Congressionally-approved infrastructure funds, state and federal officials on Thursday released their 15-year vision for Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor that includes promises of increased service, quicker trains and new rail connections. The 457-mile link between Washington, D.C. and Boston — representing the nation’s busiest rail corridor — runs straight through Connecticut, where it also shares tracks with commuter trains operated by Metro-North and CT Rail. It also incudes Acela, the nation’s only high-speed rail service. Each of those services stands to benefit from proposed upgrades included within the Northeast Corridor Commission’s Connect 2037 plan — which also comes with an estimated price tag of $135 billion. The influx of federal funding, however, has allowed officials to begin chipping away at their “wish list” of neglected projects along the corridor, according to Mitch Warren, the executive director of the Northeast Corridor Commission.

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